Saturday, September 30, 2017

Foster Homes / Foster Failures

We're always looking for foster homes!  We provide the chinchilla / cage / supplies, and you provide the love, care, and cleaning!

We've had a lot of people asking about this lately, so, here's what this involves....

What do we provide?

  • Cage
  • Pellets / hay
  • Chew toys
  • Bedding
  • Treats
  • Dust / dust pan
  • Food bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Hammock
What do you provide?
  • Weekly cage cleaning
  • Feeding / watering
  • Making sure chinchilla has sufficient chew toys / replacements
  • Handling / socialization
  • TLC

How long do you provide the above supplies?  During the time you are fostering the chinchilla, we continue to provide supplies.  However, we will not ship or deliver these supplies, so we recommend that when you come to pick up your chinchilla and supplies for fostering, you have enough for awhile.

What if I don't have a cage?   If you do not have your own cage for fostering a chinchilla, the cages we are lending out are guinea-pig-type cages.  Obviously, we'd like our adoptive homes to keep their chins in a bit more of a taller,  more exciting cage, but that's unfortunately not what's available to lend out.

How long will I foster?  As long as you want!  Preferably we ask that you foster for at least a few months, so that you don't take a chin to foster and return it the following week, but you can foster for any length of time.  If you take home a foster and decide it's not for you, you can bring it back to the rescue.  Ideally, we'd like people to foster until the chinchilla gets adopted, to prevent the chinchillas from being shuffled around from home to home.

Which chinchillas can I foster?  We are currently fostering out our adults and senior chinchillas.  If you are experienced in chinchillas, we would rather foster out chinchillas that are more difficult to adopt out.  If not, that's fine, we have plenty of adults / seniors that are looking for a nice foster home.  Adults are chinchillas that are 1+ years of age.  Sorry, but the younger chinchillas are adopted so quickly that they are not available for fostering.

What happens when my foster chinchilla gets adopted?  How does that work?  There are two options for adoption of a foster chinchilla.  The first option is that the foster home handles the adoption themselves, at their home (under the guidance of the rescue, of course).  The adoptive home would be approved by the rescue, and the foster home would simply handle the last few pieces of paperwork and handing over the chinchilla.  The second option is that the adoption would happen at the rescue, and the foster home would bring the chinchilla to the rescue, where the three parties (rescue, foster, and adopter) would meet, for the adoption to happen.  For the sake of scheduling, it is easier to schedule the first option, but we will work with everyone to make either option work, depending on what the foster home is comfortable with.

What if I want to adopt my foster chinchilla?  You can!  We've had several foster failures who can tell you that it does happen -- people do fall in love with their foster chinchilla!  If you decide you want to adopt, you will just need to fill out an adoption form for your chinchilla, get it approved, and then you can adopt! 

What paperwork do I need to sign?  When you come to pick up your foster chinchilla and supplies, you will sign a contract which states that you're fostering a chinchilla for the rescue, borrowing supplies, that you understand what this entails, and that you will return the chinchilla / supplies to the rescue if / when requested.  Nothing overly complicated!

If this all sounds good to you, let us know, and we'll get you on your way to fostering a chinchilla!  

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